I keep hearing that some people (GM's, scouts etc.) rave about Roman Colon, so hopefully they are seeing something that is not evident in the numbers he has throughout his career. I don't know who these people that like Colon are (I'm guessing Dombrowski is one of them), but they seem to be out there.
Here's an excerpt from an ESPN article (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/gammons/story?id=2099547
)by Peter Gammons where I left in only the relevant stuff (I also left in another thing from that article mentioning another Tiger just for fun):
Nearly 50 general managers, executives, scouts and managers were polled on the following questions, with the vote leaders:
Who are the best defensive infielder and outfielder in the game?
1. Cesar Izturis, Dodgers
2. Alex Gonzalez, Fla.
3. Omar Vizquel, S.F.
4. Scott Rolen, StL
5. Brandon Inge, Det Orlando Hudson, Tor
Which current minor leaguer will be playing in the 2007 All-Star Game?
1. Delmon Young, OF, Tampa Bay
2. Conor Jackson, 1B, Arizona
3. Felix Hernandez, RHP, Seattle
4. Justin Verlander, RHP, Detroit (starts Monday in Cleveland)
5. Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston
6. Prince Fielder, 1B, Milwaukee (now with the Brewers)
Also receiving multiple votes: Andy LaRoche,3B, Dodgers; Daric Barton, Oakland; Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Washington; Craig Hansen, P, Boston; Ryan Howard, 1B, Philadelphia; Roman Colon, RHP, Atlanta; Alex Gordon, Kansas City.
What does that mean about Colon? I really don't know if this "poll" has much worth at all, but it's tough to find anything very positive about him, since his minor league numbers leave a lot to be desired. All's we can do is wait and hope this guy is a diamond in the rough.
And if you're looking to the future at 3B if it doesn't turn out to be Inge, then you're right, the closest thing we have to a "3B of the future" is Kody Kirkland, whom doesn't really project too well as a future regular at this point. But there is talk that a couple of years down the line if Giarratanno develops, Guillen could move to third, but thats a big IF. Likewise at C, when Pudge is ultimately gone we don't have any signs of any future MLB starting catchers in the minors. We will be depending heavily on Free Agency should the need for a starter at those positions come up over the next couple of seasons.
As far as the Rondell/Dmitri/Granderson situation goes, no matter what we do, there will be a downside.
A) Bench Rondell, we lose the one of the teams best and most consistent hitters.
B) Bench Dmitri, if he falls short of his 500 ABs to have his player option kick in, he will likely file a grievance.
C) Leave Granderson in the minors, lose an opportunity to have Granderson gain valuable MLB experience, while having a crappy defensive OF in the meantime with Dmitri in LF.
Not really an easy choice, but somehow Granderson should be in the mix as pretty much an everyday player given that this Farnsworth trade shows a little more of a "looking to next season" attitude.
There's quite a bit of work to do this offseason. A lot of salary comes off the books after this year. It's still early to speculate about what kind of Free Agents this team will go after, but the resources will be there and the holes to fill are plenty.[/url]